James B. Cousins

Partner

James has dedicated his entire career to the practice of Workers’ Compensation law, honing both his knowledge of the hyper-technical and fact-sensitive case law as well as his litigation skills.   James knows that good courtroom presentation, backed up with thorough preparation and careful research is the key to success at trial.

Before joining the Law Office of Melissa A. Day, James trained by both prosecuting and defending workers’ compensation cases and garnered a unique and valuable perspective sometimes having litigated the very same issue from the opposite side of the table – sometimes on the very same day.  From this experience, James knows the subtleties of fact, the nuances of law, and often the opaque motivations that drive the parties through litigation; he uses that experience to provide our clients with the most effective and through defenses available, often predicting an opponent’s claim strategy and crafting a proactive strategy for a successful defense.

James uses his experience on a day to day basis to help insurance carriers, self-insured employers and group self-insured trusts to face the often momentous task of defending workers compensation claims where the law is very often no ally, and where success or failure rests on preparation, research and good communication.

James is a passionate and tenacious litigator who is dedicated to providing his clients with the very best and most cutting edge defenses available.

To James, every case is interesting, every question of law deserves thorough research and every fact demands a proper investigation.

He grew up in Venetia, PA and is a graduate of Dickinson College and the University of Buffalo School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York State, the Western District of New York and the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District.  An Eagle Scout and an All-State high school swimmer, James lives in Williamsville, NY with his wife and two daughters.  In his free time, James loves a game of chess, nine holes of golf, or a good BBC murder mystery.